Q: I’ve been having some trouble with feeling good about my body. I noticed I’ve recently gained weight in my face and lower stomach. I started drinking protein shakes and trying to eat healthier. I’ve just started working out a fitness dance studio this week, too. Unfortunately, I still haven’t lost a pound, in fact, it’s practically the opposite. I’ve actually gained weight. I’m not only discouraged, but also confused. I want to know your thoughts and any tips you have to help me. Thanks!
A: Good for you for making some healthier lifestyle choices! It takes some time to see results, so don’t give up just yet! Protein shakes definitely seem like the thing to do if we want to lose weight. I’m always seeing toned women drinking protein shakes online, so why not jump on that train. Here’s the misconception. Adding a daily protein shake to a sedentary lifestyle may cause weight gain,” according to livestrong.com. I know you started dance fitness classes, but that’s cardio and you just recently started. “Protein shakes may help you gain healthy muscle weight, if you combine them with weight training. The weight you gain with protein shakes without working out will most likely be mostly fat,” according to livestrong.com. If you want to continue to drink the shakes, def add some strength training to your workout regiment and get pumping, girl. Meet with a trainer and/or nutritionist for more detailed advice!